• 31
      Jan
      Wicked cast set to create magic on stage
       Rehearsals for the Empire Theatres 2017 major production, smash hit Broadway musical Wicked are well underway with an impressive local cast taking one of the most defining musicals of the decade. Wicked takes the classic story behind The Wizard of Oz and flips the perspective, telling the previously untold story of the Witches of Oz.  Following unlikely friends Elphaba and Glinda, played by L...
    • 30
      Jan
      Always...Patsy Cline begins Daytime Series
      Kicking off the Empire Theatre’s new Beauaraba Living Daytime Series on Sunday, February 12 is musical play Always… Patsy Cline. Always… Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer, with the production based on the true story about Cline’s endearing friendship with Houston fan and pen pal, Louise Seger.  Complete with country humour, true emotion and even some audience parti...
    • 20
      Jan
      Children's Chorus Leader wanted!
      In 2017, Opera Australia is returning to Toowoomba with their production of Mozart's masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro. Young people will get the chance to sing with the Company as part of the Regional Children's Chorus.  The Empire Theatre is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified Choir Leaders to come on board with the project.  For more information, click here. ...
    • 13
      Jan
      Toowoomba Community Chorus Call Out!
      Toowoomba Community Chorus Audition Call Out Following the success of Project Puccini in 2014, Opera at Jimbour (Fledermaus) in 2015 and recently Project Rossini in 2016, Opera Q is again giving Queeslanders in the Toowoomba region the opportunity to perform in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow at Queensland Music Festival's Opera at Jimbour in 2017. Successful auditionees will take to the stage as p...
    • 16
      Dec
      Christmas/New Year Trading Hours

      The Empire Theatre Box Office will close on Thursday 22 December at 5pm and will reopen on Monday 9 January at 9am. 

      For the week Monday 9th January - 13th January the Box Office will operate reduced hours from 9am - 2pm.

      Online bookings are always available during this time. 

    • 17
      Nov
      Season 2017 on sale now!
      The Empire Theatres have announced a huge program of entertainment for the year ahead with the launch of Season 2017 today. Season 2017 celebrates 20 years of the Empire Theatre since the official reopening in 1997 and features a number of national companies, including Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Ballet. Headlini...
    • 15
      Nov
      Homegrown Independents Program 2017
      Homegrown is the Empire Theatre Projects Company’s Independents program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works and allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event and the program is flexible and responsive to the individual needs of the producer. Past Independent producers have gone o...
    • 04
      Nov
      Wicked Cast Announced
      The Empire Theatres are thrilled to announce an incredibly talented lineup of local performers who will take the stage for the 2017 major production, Wicked. Wicked takes the classic story behind The Wizard of Oz and flips the perspective, telling the previously untold story of the Witches of Oz.  Following unlikely friends Elphaba and Glinda as they overcome rivalry, envy and ambition in the ...
    • 18
      Oct
      2016 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursary Recipients Announced
      Some of the region’s most talented young performers were acknowledged today, with the presentation of the 2016 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursaries. More than $20,000 in bursaries was awarded to 26 young talents, with the aim of developing skills and giving new experiences to young artists who demonstrate talent, involvement and achievement in a performing arts discipline. This year’s rec...
    • 26
      Aug
      shake and stir bring new twist to classic story in Tequila Mockinbird
      Innovative and boundary pushing theatre company shake & stir are returning to the Empire Theatre on the 19 October with the profound and challenging adaptation Tequila Mockingbird. Inspired by Harper Lee’s classic Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird, shake & stir have expertly transferred the narrative into a uniquely Australian context, exploring themes of racial prejudice,...
    • 19
      Aug
      Wicked Auditions Open!
      The Empire Theatre is searching for talented cast members and orchestra members for their upcoming 2017 major production, Wicked. The creative team includes Director Alison Vallette, Designer Josh McIntosh, Musical Director Natalie Otto and Choreographer George Canham. This talented team are thrilled to be bringing this much loved musical to the Empire Theatre stage. To download an information ...
    • 19
      Aug
      Tutus on Tour twirls into Toowoomba
      Queensland Ballet returns to Toowoomba this weekend for Tutus on Tour held from 24-25 September at the Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium. The only Queensland Ballet performance of the year, Tutus on Tour promises a charming program of short works and excerpts from their current repertoire. Inspired by three emotionally riveting stories, the show begins with the thought provoking Ershter V...
    • 26
      Jul
      Only One Week Left Until Acting Masterclass with Director Matt Scholten Begins
      Accomplished director Matt Scholten will be providing intensive adult acting masterclasses for the theatrically inclined at the Empire Theatre from August 2 – September 6. Nationally acclaimed director Matt Scholten, a graduate of the Victorian College of Arts has had a prestigious career as a writer, producer and teacher, with his directorial work being presented by the likes of The Melbourne T...
    • 01
      Jul
      Sam Nester announced as Brian Boak Bursary Winner
      For Queensland born musician and 2016 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary recipient Sam Nester, achievement in the arts has shaped not only his life but his musical repertoire. Having received The Empire Theatres Foundation's Brian Boak Developing Performer Bursary in 2011, Mr Nester has yet again proved his musical prowess and determination to succeed musically by receiving The Empire Theat...
    • 29
      Jun
      Morning Melodies Returns With Broadway Favourites Show
      The popular Morning Melodies series returns to the Empire Theatre on August 18 with Broadway Favourites, taking place during the state-wide celebration of Seniors Week from the 13-21 August.  Directed by highly accomplished director and choreographer Alison Vallette, director of the highly successful Empire Theatres production of Mary Poppins and recently announced director of the highly anticipat...
    • 24
      Jun
      Barber of Seville Bursts onto Empire Theatre Stage
      Celebrating the bicentennial of its debut performance this year, Opera Queensland’s The Barber of Seville will appear at the Empire Theatre on the August 24.  An iconic opera, The Barber of Seville follows an assortment of eccentric and animated characters weaved into a love story of comedic proportions.  The story follows the charming Count Almaviva and the beautiful maiden Rosina in a tale abo...
    • 24
      Jun
      Supergirly Promises Return of Homegrown Pop Princess
        Self-proclaimed pop princess Supergirly once bathed in the limelight like the A-lister she was born to be, before a quick descent into obscurity and her gaudy mansion, but is back again to share her story with the Empire Theatre audience on August 28 in a unique comedy cabaret show.  Armed with razor-sharp wit, serious singing skills, and an artillery of outrageous lyrics, Supergirly is ruthless...
    • 24
      Jun
      Melbourne Ballet Company's Arche Graces The Empire Stage
      The Empire Theatre is thrilled to host the modern and innovative retelling of the eternally classic Swan Lake with Melbourne Ballet’s Archè on August 10.   In Greek Mythology Archè indicates the beginning; the principle from which the elements rise and the force that explains their birth and death.  Director Simon Hoy has created a delightful and creative show with unique choreography that simulta...
    • 15
      Jun
      One Night Only with International Broadway Star- Shoshana Bean!
      A Broadway star will light up the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre stage this month, with acclaimed musical theatre performer Shoshana Bean on July 15 for one night only.  In celebration of the upcoming Empire Theatres production of Wicked in 2017, one of the first performers to play the iconically green skinned witch Elphaba, original Hairspray cast member and seasoned stage veteran Shoshana Be...
    • 13
      Jun
      2016 Youth Bursaries Now Open
      The Empire Theatres offers Youth Bursaries to provide opportunities for multiple young people per year to develop their performing arts skills (including instrumental music, singing, dance and acting) at leading Australian performing arts educational institutions. Organisations include National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of Arts, Queens...